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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 19:55 GMT 20:55 UK
Celtic back full Kennedy recovery
Celtic defender John Kennedy
Kennedy only recently returned to training with the Celtic first-team
Celtic are optimistic John Kennedy will make a complete recovery after the defender underwent a fourth operation on his damaged left knee.

The 22-year-old suffered his latest setback last week, twisting his knee in a training ground incident.

A club spokesman told the club website: "John has undergone some surgery which we had hoped to avoid - but which could have been needed in any case.

"Dr Steadman is hopeful of him making a full recovery and playing long-term."

Kennedy, who agreed an extended contract at Celtic recently, has not played since March 2004 when he was injured playing for Scotland against Romania.

He made the visit to Colorado-based Dr Richard Steadman with club doctor Roddy Macdonald and is to remain in Vail for the next few weeks to continue his rehabilitation.

A member of Celtic's medical staff will travel to oversee the later stages of his rehabilitation before accompanying the centre-half home.


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